Brentwood Arts Exchange Call for Proposals


Call for Proposals and  Exhibition Applications
Deadline: Aug 31, 2012


The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the Gateway Arts Center, a public-private partnership that serves as an anchor for Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. Dedicated to presenting and promoting the visual arts, the Brentwood Arts Exchange features a contemporary art gallery displaying diverse exhibitions, a Craft Showcase promoting local artisans, and a dynamic arts learning classroom/workshop. Since opening in March, 2010, the gallery has presented 16 exhibitions featuring regionally and nationally prominent artists as well as university and high school students, and has welcomed over 10,000 visitors. It is a place for people of all ages to meet, engage and learn about art, purchase locally made functional art, and explore new creative talents.


The art gallery is approximately 2,500 sq. ft. with 1,700 sq. ft. of exhibition space on an open floor plan. It features 14 ft. high ceilings, LED track lighting, and pristine white walls. The gallery is staffed by an attendant during all operating hours.


Each proposal should include:

  • An artist/curatorial statement that is no longer than one page.
  • A résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • A CD/DVD containing 15-20 images of work samples; OR 2-5 segments of audio and/or video, each no longer than five minutes in duration; OR an appropriate combination of images, video, audio and web-based work.
  • A list of works/images that includes titles, media, size, and dates created.
  • An SASE for the return of materials. Materials will not be returned unless an SASE with adequate postage is provided.

Attn: Exhibitions

Brentwood Arts Exchange

@ Gateway Arts Center

3901 Rhode Island Avenue

Brentwood, MD 20722

For More Info:


If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Phil Davis, Acting Director, Brentwood Arts Exchange

tel. 301-277-2863; tty. 301-446-6802; fax. 301-277-2865

Time Machine – back to 2007!


Using the power of Peabody‘s Wayback Machine, we can have a look in at what happened at Washington Glass School before there was a blog. 


In August of 2007, Tim Tate and I went off to Istanbul, Turkey for teaching stint at the international glass school – “The Glass Furnace” – (Cam Ocağı in Turkish). The facility is located in Öğümce’de Beykoz – out in the countryside, working from the Riva Glass Furnace on the banks of the Cyagiz Deregi, near the Black Sea
Also teaching there during the same session was Richard Jolley, who was teaching a glass blowing course. Although located a few hours from Istanbul’s city center, we went into town at every opportunity – and we were able to hit some of the cultural spots.

Tim Tate and Richard Jolley at the Blue Mosque

The school’s mission includes the interaction that would be established between the Turkish and foreign students at the camp, and the students from our class was multi-national with students from Greece, Armenia, Australia, Turkey, and the USA. The class was designed to be a mix of kiln casting in dry plaster, as well as working with my scraffito technique. Five years later, we look back at the adventure on the Bosphorus.

Artist Eirini Matinopoulou works in the kilns.
Eirini and her brother Adam Matinopoulou, Sertac Alpaslan, Tommie Rush and Ipek Kosova chill at the agora.
English, while the official language for the school was not always the option. We had to learn some handy Armenian phrases for the class. “Me Ara” was constantly exclaimed.
We were often able to have dinner along the river .
Turkish glass and mosaic artist Oguzhan Tugral (Oz) and his family visit. Oz had taken Tim and I around Istanbul and introduced us to renown Turkish painter, architect and miniaturist Nusret Çolpan, where we visited his studio in the city.
Turkish artist Nusret Çolpan came to The Glass Factory to see if he was able to work his artwork in glass.
While transiting the River Riva, little fish jumped into the boat to join the gang.

Semrin Korkmaz shows Tim Tate and me the sights of Istanbul.

Looking out from within the Hagia Sophia towards the Süleymaniye Mosque. 

For more photos – click HERE to jump to the Flicker set of photos from ‘back in the day, including shots from the Istanbul student show taken at the end of the course!